Tactile and audible feedback is a top priority for many hardcore gamers out there, and the best of these mechanical keyboards prove very popular for those in the know. Asus, manufacturer of various computer hardware (as well as smartwatches) has released its next mechanical keyboard to its Republic of Gamers (ROG) division. The Horus GK2000 has got a stylish and aggressive design combined with the features consumers tend to crave from the mechanical spectrum.
Forged from 3mm aluminium sheets, the GK2000 features a topcoat finish and an anodized keyboard plate with a brushed finish. This means corrosion resistance, which is essential to keyboards subject to frequent soda spillage.
Technology and software found within the keyboard include an embedded 32-bit MCU (microcontroller unit) and 4MB of onboard memory. The extra memory is used to process and store macro functions, built-in led lighting, and profile settings. In total there are up to 80 possible macro functions and 10 user profiles. The LED backlit keys utilize Cherry MX Red (as opposed to the Cherry MX Blue, which is louder and less apt for rapid key presses) mechanical switches with a lifespan of up to 50 million keystrokes, and the user can choose one of five preset lighting modes. If you’re picky, you can customize the lighting settings yourself. It’s possible to customize down to the individual keys, meaning you can choose to light up only the most used of your keys. Should you be concerned about unregistered keystrokes you can activate the built-in N-Key rollover technology (both activating and deactivating take one key press).
Music and video enthusiasts might also enjoy multimedia keys, a scroll wheel for volume or lighting, an audio port for gaming headsets, a removable palm rest, and a detachable stand for mobile devices that can be equipped to either side of the keyboard. A custom-fit neoprene carrying case seems like it will be available with the purchase, but this has not been confirmed.
While a verdict will have to wait until the keyboard hits the market, it does seem like a solid package. The ability to customize input and lighting will likely be well-received by the keyboard enthusiast community. Whether or not they like the purely aesthetic addition of metal wings on sides is a different question.